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about some of the differences in the past? >> it's fine. it is what it is. everybody else there's no collusion, you look at the councils, we have a senate hearing, we have judiciary, intelligence, a house hearing, and even the enemies say, there's no collusion, there's no collusion, so they're investigating something that never happened. >> reporter: president, have you thought about, considered leading to the 134i68 of the special counsel? ing in that bob mueller could do that would send you in that direction? >> i haven't been given it any thought. i've been reading about it from you people. no, i'm not dismissing any person. mitch, get to work and get it done. they should have had this last one done. they lost by one vote, for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. frankly, it shouldn't have happened. that i can tell you. >> reporter: consider stepping down as majority leader? >> if he doesn't get repeal and replace done, and if he doesn't
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get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform, and if he doesn't get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, then you can ask me that question. >> reporter: do you have full confident in your national security adviser? >> yes, i do. general mcmaster? yes, i do. he's my friend, he's talented, i like him and are the him. -- i think i have great support or i've had great support from that community. i got a lot of votes, but the transgender, the military is working on it now. they're doing the work. it's been a very difficult situation, and i think i'm doing a lot of people a favor by coming out and just saying it. let's see what he does with
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guam. he does somebody in guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before, what will happen in north korea. >> reporter: when you say that, what do you mean? >> you'll see. you'll see, and he'll see. is joining us is beana, jeff tonight been, ana navarro, there's so much to talk about, what what he said, just in general, this is probably the most we have heard from president trump since the solo press conference early on in his administration. >> and not surprising reporters were itching -- i completely forget about putin and the expelling of the diplomats. there's been so much chaos, so from a tactical standpoint, this was kind of smart for the president to address all of these issues. . i think a lot of people were
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expecting him to calm some nerves. he didn't do that. if anything i should have been tougher, you heard my defense secretary, but in another sense, i think you're just reminded of how much chaos is constantly going on, and washington that it's hard to focus on one issue, even if we're talking about potentialsh sarah huckabee sander held up a sign that said "one more question" and he just blew through that. >> is it chaos or lack of discipline? we have a president who tweets by the moment, who opines on every issue from the top of his head is not reassuring idea, particularly with the country, literally quite anxious about going into a nuclear war. and where you have a president literally has a message that's all over the place with respect to the russians, with respect to thenoicance, with respect to his cabinet secretaries, this is
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alarming. it is a reflection of a fundamental lack of discipline that starts at the top. >> for all the talk we heard from tillerson about diplomat set and matt spits, and we'll talk about north korea later, but the president did essentially highlight a looming confrontation on august 15th over guam, basically going head to head, and somebody has to blink. >> he is still in a different place than his defense secretary. what he said is that if there are continuing threats. the words he used was if there are more threats, there would be fire and fury. mattis said if there's action, there will be a military response. what's the american policy? i don't know. those two things are different. there have been more threats since the president made that statement, and we haven't done anything it's quite clear that
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there's not a clear -- >> rex tillerson is in charge of our state department and in tillerson -- >> i have a feeling that if the president lacked confidence in secretary tillerson, he would have heard or seen something more about that today. the fact -- or to date, let's say. the fact that the president put general kelly in charge in the white house as chief of staff indicates i think that he understands that there has to be -- i mean, he is a message communicator. that's obvious. he should be taken seriously, not always literally as we've
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discussed many times. >> what does that mean. so north korea should not take him literally in what he says? >> no, we -- there is rhetoric that occurs at the political level from every nation, every participants, including north korea. what the president is expressing is that he's resolute in ensuring that the united states, the people of the united states will not be put -- will not be compromised by north korea. and we have the power to defend ourselves. >> is a verbal threat something that he's drawn a red line on, or is it actually a military launch. >> we have examples, just from the past administration that he drew red lines and proceeded to ignore them. >> a red line about threats and i'm trying to understand, is it literal. >> the president has expressed rhetorically great resolve to ensure that we will not be put at risk nor compromised by north korea. i think that's what every
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american wants to hear, and then -- >> i'm going to need asterisk from the trump supporters who let me know when i should say stuff literal, interpret it like abstract art or figuratively and as a joke. >> i don't think it's hard to figure out. >> when it's made-up words. >> it's not hard to figure out. >> you're making absolutely no sense. how do normal people seeing him on a daily basis. >> what do you not understand about what the president said? >> i don't understand where the coherence is what he's saying and what tillerson is saying, i don't understand where it leads. >> what general mattis said is an attack on allies or the u.s. what the president says are threats. they've been making all these threats and they can't make any more. >> i think we can draw a rye turkeyal continuum. >> a rhetorical continuum. am i the only one that finds that really funny?
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>> apparently. there is nothing incoherent about what is being presented by the united states government, and the state department, heather nauert said it yesterday, they stand as one. >> what does that mean to you? >> the united states has -- possesses more power than the world has ever seen. >> that's nagasaki and hiroshima? >> it goes beyond that. we obviously have the greater military in the world. >> so any more threats from north korea, they are going to see -- >> that's a simple fact. >> -- will see more than the world has ever seen. >> north korea's military power is dwarfed by the united states. i think that's fairly obvious. i think that's what the president is expressing. he's expressing that -- >> but he's expressing it in different words. >> just as kim jong-un is speaking to the north korean people -- >> my god, i would hope the
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american people hold the president of the united states to a higher standard than a dictator in north korea. >> how does he sound like a dictator? >> according to -- that is what -- >> where is that? >> thenoicance have announced that kim jong-un have announced a perfect golf game. he was born on a mountaintop -- so they lie to the people -- >> the leaders of nations, and kim jong-un is a dictator, a horrible dictator. >> but he communicates to his people just like the president -- >> every leader does. >> that's the only accurate thing tonight. >> theresa may communication with great britain. >> not in the way that north korea does. >> and theresa may has never shot an 18 holes in one. i'm a golfer. that's a good score. >> don't you think the president missed and opportunity to tout something that we saw 15 different countries all voted unanimously -- >> he's been saying that. >> historically that's never resolved or let to anything
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happening, so we shouldn't pay too much attention to that. instead of teaming up with our allies around the world against north korea, he's seemingly putting is in a position, anything that god forbid happens, we could by accused of provoking a situation. >> it seems like tuesday right now is a confrontation between the north korea and u.s. over guam. that's what the president was saying today. he was saying if there's a launch against guam, we're going to see what it is -- >> what the president has also said is that he is -- and look, the position we had toward north korea in presidencies past, including in the last administration, most conspicuously was one of so-called, you know, strategic patience, which essentially meant passive complacency. if anything, enriched thenoicance via iran, which has had a distinct axis of commerce with north korea. president trump is in and out determined to express the fact that we will no longer enrich
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north korea, we will no longer toleratenoicance aggression and he stands with the state department and department of defense who are prepared to marshal whatever -- >> strategic patience is what most patients are going to need to survive the presidency. >> to where we are today. >> let's be clear about this. there's a difference between strategic patience, which the president is frustrated by and a lack of rhetorical patience. that is the time it takes for something to pop out of his -- come into his mind and pop out of his mouth. the fact of the matter is, this is a very serious and dangerous moment. when we think about president kennedy during the cuban missile crisis and his insistence that the state department and the white house be on the same page with respect to the message -- >> and they are. >> which presumes there is a message. >> it just seems they had to come come out quickly and give a
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here ask part of the president's remarks. >> i said, mitch, get to work and let's get it done. they should have had this last one done. they lost by one vote. for a thing like that to happen is a disgrace, and frankly it shouldn't have happened. that i can tell you. it shouldn't have happened. >> reporter: -- considering stepping down. some conservative analysts say it's time for him to retire. >> i tell you what, if he doesn't get repeal and replace done and doesn't get taxes done, meaning cuts and reform. if he doesn't get an easy one to get down on infrastructure, then you can ask me that question. >> reporter: what is that? >> you can ask me -- that means ask me that question. let's hope he gets it done. this most recent round ramped up again when senator mcconnell said the president had
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excessive expectations on how fast congress can move, because he doesn't have enough experience. back now with the panel. ana, have you seen a situation like this. >> yes, two weeks ago when he was using jeff sessions as his republican pickiana and a week after that when he was going after lisa murkowski. frankly i think mitch mcconnell needs to step up and push back. he is the majority leader. right now he looks like a submissive wimp. if he doesn't want to get pushed around by the president of the united states, he needs to remind of president that the congress is a coequal branch and he needs to push back and show a spine. >> the president's base, who distrusts congress, distrusts washington, this probably works for the president to be saying i'm just the guy on the sidelines, as angry as you all are. >> except we're seeing that his base's patience is going down as well and wear thing. you have to wonder, aside from
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just the fact this is a president who cannot speak ill of vladimir putin, but can go after members of his own cabinet and party, what is the logic? what is the end game here? you don't have health care. you have a budget battle ear facing within weeks and by the way, if this russian investigation does heat up, you're going to need this republican support. the more he publicly fights within his own party -- >> the end game is taking claim of the victories, but not owns the defeats. >> and what are the victories? >> the congress is less pop ought lars than he is, so beating up on congress is not necessarily a bad political move. >> and he's also not wrong about their failure to repeal and replace. they've been talking about it for seven years. >> i don't think attacking congress -- and you remember bill clinton did what was called the triangulation in those days when he positioned him will have
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between the democrats and republican, and alienated some people within his own party. he's not the first president to tangle with members of his own party and congress, who ultimately he does need. >> but by personalizing his animus with congress, treating mitch mcconnell like a candidate on "the apresentition" demeaning the majority leader, this does not advance an agenda. while congress may not be popul popular, six months, a year from now when the president hasn't gotten any done. he'll be less popular. he's got to get something accomplished and you don't get something accomplished -- >> you're a member of congress. does it hurt your feelings? >> not in the least, and biana and ana have hit on something when you said gorsuch and mcconnell. that was a conspicuous
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accomplishment, and ana, you were right, because mitch mcconnell did facilitate that. how does he do it? herein lies the key to success for the congress, for the president, for the nation. it's the filibuster in the senate on legislation. they broke the filibuster, they busted it on supreme court nominees to elevate supreme court justice gorsuch. they need to do that now on legislation. what is holding us back -- i understand the president is rangery and expressing the anger of the american people and i as a republican am angry. >> go nuclear on congress? >> no, let's not go puck lars on north korea. i have to disagree. i didn't think you were so war-like, but in terms of the senate, what we're talking about is a senate perquisite, a prerogative of senators, only in the u.s. senate is a majority 60. that's an outrage. that's what is holding us back.
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and it is a false -- >> because they couldn't get 60 for health care. >> but here's why. when you try to craft a bill under the terms of reconciliation, the path is so narrow that you cannot -- jeffrey, you're laughing, but it's the truth. listen, you know, i -- >> i understand that, but it's not like prompt -- >> he brings back -- we get health care again, right? there were a lot of republican senators for whom that was a very hard politically costly vote, and team players. if i'm heller or portman or i'm flake, i'm saying to myself, why should i put my neck out? why should i take this risk to be a team players and back the president when he so easily throws us under the bus. >> what about the house calling it a mean bill? >> it's a question of loyalty. >> and we know his popularity readings are greater than those of any given senator, just about, the ones you mentioned.
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>> i would say they are less terrible. >> and they're better than thinks popularity is vastly -- >> you realize cockroaching -- >> excuse me, nancy pelosi and chuck schumer have to look up to see the president's rating right now. the point being that chuck schumer is the one who can hold us um here. he knows it and is laughing all the way to the next election cycle, he thinking. but the problem is when you craft a bill, and it's too bad the american people have to be caught up in the process, it's too narrow. you can't get the kind of provisions that will make dean heller's constituents smile. we're going to take a break and return to the ward of words between the president and north korea and the contention maybe the whole "fire and fury" thing wasn't tough enough. dj: hope i don't cause an eclipse. ♪ [siri ding]
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we're talking tonight about the message going out to north korea. sober words from the secretary of state, forceful words from the secretary of defense, and something totally different from the commander in chief. >> reporter: your statement on tuesday was nonsense. that's the word they used. do you have any response? >> well, i don't think they mean that, and it's the first time they've heard it like they heard it. frankly, the people that were questioning that statement, was it too tough? maybe it wasn't tough enough. they've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years. it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries. so if anything, maybe that statement wasn't tough enough, and we're backed bick 100% by our military. we're backed by everybody, and we're backed by many other leaders.
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i notice that many senators and others today came out very much in favor of what i said. but if anything, that statement may not be tough enough. >> reporter: what would be tougher than "fire and fury"? >> well, you'll see. joining us james "spider" marks. from a military standpoint, what would be tougher than fire and fury? >> you can go through the list on the 3 by 5 card. you have fire, fury, pest lens, you have flood and leprosy. frankly what we have is the president of the united states doubling down to ensure that north korea understands that we mean business, but i think what's most important, as we have stated many times before, that the recipients are the citizens, the government in seoul, tokyo, certainly beijing. seoul understands the incredible cost to be paid if there's any type of an engagement on the
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peninsula. there's no precise attack that can take place, no antiseptic engagement. military engagement will have a significant cost for the people in seoul. i think we should move forward and acknowledge that north korea has an operational nuclear capability, nukes that are embedded on the top of missiles, and that they now have annic -- icbm capability. we have to assume as an intelligence guy, i'm going to have to assume it has a nuke on the top of it. if we make that assumption, then we're going to take every one of his missiles out as a result of deployment of our thaad system, which is ned worked with ships at sea as well as capabilities on the ground. that means if he launches a missile, it becomes provocative. if it's provocative. we then go after him. it's game over for him and there's a lot of destruction in
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the south. >> to that point, what the president said earlier today, on tuesday, which is august 15th when thenoicance have said that they are going to send ballistic missiles heading towards guam that will fall short, the president has basically set this up as a challenge, saying hey, he's going to watch that and respond. it seems like somebody has to blink on tuesday. >> i think the president of the united states probably should have said two words -- test me. go ahead. shoot a missile, shoot four missiles. we're going to assume they're nuclear tipped. we give that to you. our assessment is you have this capability. we don't know where it's going, and certainly thenoicance don't know where it's going. this is like lawn darts. i'm not trying to be flippant, but we don't have confidence in the guidance or reentry capability. whether it's in gent or simultaneously, i think we should make the assumption that it's puck lars tipped, which
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mean we take them down in flat, they're not inert, they land in the ocean and then we have a real decision to make relative to north korea and his capabilities. if he's launching those and we assume they're nukes, he's done. >> what do you mean, he's done? what happens then? we then attack pyongyang? >> we would have to. jeffrey, we have no option. if we have the assumption -- >> before he's used any weapons on a population center, we attack pyongyang? >> if he's launching missiles and we make the assumption that those are nuclear tipped -- we have to marry up that assumption. we can't wak forward and say he has a nuclear capability, ergo, when he uses it, we're going to kind of just very, um, calmly witness where it goes and follow
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the pattern that we have in the past, which is simply to acknowledge they're launching missiles. if we give them, we acknowledge that they have a nuclear capability, kim and his regime are now at the table that would require them to be signatories of the mpt. they were before. they have to walked up and if they don't, they start launching missiles, tell me why we wouldn't assume -- >> they have launching missiles for several years, right? >> but we have not once until most recently come forward with an assessment that says they have accelerated their production, their scientific discoveries, they have miniaturized their nukes, and we think that you have the ability to marry toss two together. we giving them the capable based on icbm tests. >> we don't know it can reenter the earth's atmosphere, though,
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correct? >> absolutely correct. we don't know if the guidance and reentry works. >> then you had a statement from secretary tillerson, a statement from mattis, both of which were kind of walking back what the president said or sort of trying to shape what the president said. obviously tillerson was focus odd diplomatic efforts. mattis made the points it's not threats. >> it's self-protection, and the protection of our allies. tillerson people and americans especially should be able to sleep well at night, but if we take the general at his word, women assume that anything they launch is a nuclear attack, and what is it that kim jong-un is telling his people at home? he doesn't want to self-annihilate either. >> i would say with certainly
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he's not going to do that. he will be the one that blinks. he will not launch any missiles simultaneously or anything that would be threatening to guam. that won't occur. if he did that, we would have to take those out, and then the ball is in our court in terms of what we do next. my suggestion is, as i've said, let's assume that's nuclear, provocative, let's assume his intention was to wipe us out. hey, man, you cannot afford to do that. the thing about a nuclear capability is you now have to self-modulate, moderate your behavior. over the seven decades, the kim regime has been getting away with literally murder and provocative actions, the if web lo, the taking down of an aircraft, the tree-cutting incident in '76, routine firing on the shoulders of south korea on the western coast, activities along the dmz. at a matter of routine,
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infiltration of special ops forces. we always acknowledge that, yet there's no price. he now that is a nuke. we can't afford to do that, man. whether we come back, the president finally addresses russia's move expelling more than 750 u.s. personnel from the compound in moscow form what the president said about that, next. whoooo.
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the president had an unexpected response for the expelling of employees from the russian embassy. he thanked vladimir putin. here he goes. >> i want to thank him, because we're trying to cut down on payroll. as far as i'm concerned, i'm very thankful he let go of a large number of people there's no real reason for them to go back, so i greatly appreciate the fact that they've been able to cut our payroll for the united states. we'll save a lot of money. >> these are 755 i believe employees at the embassy, many actually russians who have been helping the u.s. for many years. >> it's really offensive to haves a president who has a bad case of misplaced loyalty. he missed no opportunity to stand by people who support the work of the state department. that's where his loyalties
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should be. this is a president who fundamentally does not understand that putin is not some junior member of the budget committee. he's not an accountant. he is a very bad person who tried to hack american democracy. we've not heard a mumbling word you've this president's mouth with respect to what vladimir putin did. >> for all the tweets, he's said nothing about this expulsion by vladimir putin except after being asked a question about it today, and then this is his response. >> it was clearly a prepared response. he wanted to say that and just come out of nowhere. we're not talking about compounds, but hundreds of american civil servants who apparently just found out these lost their jobs. >> and a lot were russian personnel. right. i'm curious to see how rex tillerson reacts.
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i'm hearing that people are outraged by the president's comments. this once again reiterates he can not say anything remotely negative about vladimir putin. >> that's the interesting part. from all the things he could have said something. >> a brief remark. i think the president was more in the spirit of shrugging it off than in praising -- i don't think he was -- >> why do you think -- >> this is one of those times we're not supposed to take him literally. >> why do you think he's never said anything negative about vladimir putin? >> i they he has indicated through -- certainly through his support, again, of secretary tillerson, who has not made any secret of the fact that relations with russia are at a very difficult point. >> but the president has never said anything. he said stuff about mitch mcdonnell, jeff sessions, but nothing any stiff about vladimir
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putin? does that not surprise you? >> he hasn'ts said anything any biff about xi jinping either. i think in his way he's trying to treat russia and china as the two other superpowers -- >> every time he has a choice between standing with an american or standing with vladimir putin, he stands with putin. whether it's the intelligence agency -- >> no -- >> whether it's the state department over and over it's the same behavior. he cannot say one ill word about vladimir putin. he has no problem saying it about practically everybody else. >> he gauges -- >> do you think it's possible the reason he never says anything bad about vladimir putin is vladimir putin helped him win the election? >> i think that is categorically impossible. >> really? even though 11 intelligence agencies think the russians helped him win? >> well, number one, i don't think any of them have asserted
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think helped the president win the election. i believe the correct number is four of the u.s. intelligence agencies have implied that the russians have tried to hack into american election procedural process, which is hardly surprises and none of which means -- i know we have discussed this exhaustively, but none of which means the president engaged them. i think that's why he's been pretty sanguine about the whole thing. >> nan -- >> again, he has not treated the president of russia and the president of china with a reasonable amount of diplomatic tact, i would say. >> let me tell you who donald trump says good things about. we heard him today talk about how decent a man manafort is. we saw him over and over -- >> well, he worked with manafort. >> not one bad word against vladimir putin, despite what he does. you know who he's nice to?
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people who have information that can hurt him. >> the president is in no way deferring to president putin. >> what is he doing? >> he engages -- >> 755 american diplomats. >> he was making a humorous comment. >> it's not humorous. >> and what is he doing having an hour-long conversation with vladimir putin at the g-20 instead of talking north korea with other allies. >> seriously he's not supposed to suppose with putin at the g-20? >> you do not make a joke or a comparison with a holocaust, you do not quote nazis, you do not joke about rape, and you do not joke about american diplomats getting kicked out. >> you've been watching too much tv, ana. why are you lecturing me about that? >> because you are excusing -- >> when did he talk about the holocaust? >> he joked about 755 diplomats.
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you are calling it humorous and thus acceptable. if it was humerous, it was a lame, bad joke and unacceptable. >> ana, i think the president is fully capable of conducting foreign policy of the united states with the enormously talented work that rex tillerson, who is his chosen secretary of state. >> which assumes that he's -- >> okay? that's what he does. >> he's coordinatingist policy with the secretary of state. >> but cornel, when we're going to talk about deference to russia, the president has done nothing, no actions has -- >> he blacked classified info in the oval office to -- >> actually, nan, he did want to set up a cybersecurity coalition with russia, and then walked that back. >> on the other hand, in the previous administration, russia actually grabbed crimea from ukraine and president obama did
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nothing. president obama took our missile installations, right? out of our allies, out of poland, out of the chex republic. president obama did that. president trump has expressed nothing other than that he will be resolute in defending the united states. president obama, on the other hand, through his actions was extensively -- >> hey, nan has president trump spoken out about russia's actions in crimea? >> he hasn't had to address that at this point. >> when we come back, beyond simply having policy differences with his predecessor is president trump preoccupied with erasing every trace of president obama? does he have an obsession with president obama? when we come back. who makes it easy to find what i want. gets it. and with their price match, i know i'm getting the best price every time. c'mon, gary! your vacation is very important.
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we touched on this a few moments ago. the fight with mitch mcconnell shows that he'll do almost anything -- keep in mind the question tonight is whether less the affordable care part he objects to or the obama part, or obama anything. he mentioned obama in his appearance today. he tweeted out a poll -- who is better president of the united states? trump by 22 points is the answer. when a good poll comes along, they latch on, obviously.
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this one isn't even from a semi-reputab semi-reputable firm. it's though it might be a small thing, the very notion that the president of the united states feels the need at just after 6:00 in the morning to retweet a dubious items comparing himself favorably to barack obama says something. buzzfeed recently interviewed people who had from buzz feed, quote, it's his only real position. elask did obama approve this and if the it answer is firm active elsay we don't. he's obsessed with obama. he also paints everything that came before him as disastrous. >> at home and abroad a mess. >> it's a mess. and believe me, i and we inherent one big mess.
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that i can tell you. >> well, beyond cleaning up what he says as president obama's mess has used his executive power to raise big chunks of legacy, environmental regulations, wall street regulations, the paris climate koords, the keystone pipeline and dozens of executive actions. the president has reversed obama administration policy. that's what he ran on. this is something for the panel to discuss you have to wonder how much is policy or personal. >> in an episode of celebrity apprentice at the statehouse, the mep's cooking team did not impression the judges from omaha steaks. you didn't blame little john or meat loaf. you fired gary abuseic. and these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. >> back now with the panel. i mean, it is interesting his --
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that he's comparing himself to obama at this point in his presidency in some online poll. >> when he's not talking about hillary clinton, he's also quite obsessed with hillary clinton, talks about her all the time. and i think the most vivid example of this is the affordable care act, obamacare, where the president has never engaged on the merits, really. all he has said over and over again is that obamacare is aa disaster, and we're going to replace it with something great. that's been the extent of his involvement in the nuts and bolts of the issue. and i think it is mostly just this aggression at his predecessor that i think has driven this and that's at the heart of everything he does. >> for the last six months we've seen that president trump had been very focused on keeping his base happy. we saw it today. doubling down on korea, the base happy. doubling down on mitch mcconnell, keeping the base
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happy. doubling down on the transgender other than, keeping the base happy. and doubling down on obama over and over again, keeping the base happy. you asked in it was about policy or personal. it's personal and it's about politics. >> it's want so unusual for a president to take a january from time to time at their predecessor. we saw today bill perry former defense secretary took a job at the bush administration when it came to north korea. even president obama said after the financial crisis -- >> the keys to the car back. they put it in the ditch. this does seem to be a bit more personal. it's not about necessarily going after the other party on an administration as a whole. it's the person. >> it's policy and it's also personal. this is a president who called into question barak obama's citizenship. he called into question his identity as an american. it is by definition personal. it is also by definition a
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matter of racial consequence. the ways in which he went after president obama,ible it has a lot to do with the fact that he's the first african-american president. it has everything to do with the fact that he actually got something done, came into office with an agendas opposed to a platform of political aspirations or ambitions. when you compare this president to the president that proceeded him, he looks mighty small. >> don't forget he accused him of wiretapping. >> it's so hard to keep track. i think fundamentally when you compare president to president obama, what we see here is the previous president came into office younger. but he grew in graf i tass in the space. in president, this president suffers from a kind of reverse aging syndrome in which he becomes more infantile, more adolescent, more childish as the days go on. >> benjamin button.
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>> that's exactly it. that is exactly it. and when he stands on the stage of history, he will not be able to stand and look eye to eye with president obama. elhave to look up, because right now he does not stick -- he does not -- >> he's only been president for six months. it's hard to believe it's only been sks months, but, you know. >> we can't keep treating this president as though he is an apprentice to the president. he was elect. and he has to own the job. he needs to be serious. he needs to conduct himself with a certain presidential dporment. every day he did he means the office by the way he speaks about his predecessor, by the way he speaks about his colleagues in a coequal branch of government and by the way he speaks about americans and particularly those who seb in the government. >> got to take a break. more on the panel. at panera, a salad is so much more than one thing.
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thanks for watching 360. time to hand things over to tom lemon. cnn tonight starts now. president trump answering more questions from reporters today than he has in six months. this is cnn tonight. i'm done lemon. thanks for joining us. the president speaking for nearly half an hour today during his working vacation at his golf resort in new jersey. so here are the headlines. on the subject of his fire and fury threat to north korea, saying maybe it wasn't tough enough, and on none committal -- and none committal on the possibility of preemptive military strikes against pyongyang seeing we'll see what happens. responding to vladimir putin's expulsion of hundreds of american diplomats, quote, i'm very thankful. now we have a smaller payroll. on the fbi's predawn raid on the home of his former campaign chairman paul manafort, i was very, very kwiezed to see it. and insisting he hasn't given any thought